ST. LOUIS – Asgrow® brand Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybean farmers have the opportunity in 2011 to tap into the expertise of the brand’s network of local agronomists and territory sales managers to learn about high-yield management practices to help boost yield potential and profitability.
Armed with two years of high-yield management information from Monsanto-conducted field trials, Asgrow field representatives can provide farmers with recommended agronomic practices to help maximize yield potential. The trials, conducted across the Midwest and mid-South, indicated implementation of three agronomic practices—use of seed treatments, use of soil residuals and application of foliar insecticides and fungicides—resulted in an average yield increase of 7.4 bushels per acre for Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans compared with low-input management of the same products.
When the same three agronomic practices were applied to Roundup Ready® soybeans, yields increased by 4.2 bushels, demonstrating that Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans were more responsive to high-yield management practices than the first-generation soybean trait.
“Many farmers already may implement one, two or all of these practices on their farm. Now, Monsanto has research to suggest pairing our brand’s elite genetics with the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield trait can deliver more bushels per acre for our customers,” said Asgrow Marketing Manager Jerry Devore. “The Asgrow brand network of agronomists and technical sales managers are excited to share this information in 2011 with our customers and work with them to help maximize yield potential.”
Aaron Robinson, Monsanto soybean traits technical manager, said these practices are important because:
• seed treatments, such as Acceleron® seed treatment products, help protect soybean plants from early season diseases and insects;
• soil residual herbicides help to control early-season weeds, which can reduce yield potential; and
• foliar insecticides and fungicides protect soybean plants during the critical reproductive growth stages.
“A season-long agronomic approach is necessary to help maximize yield potential in soybeans,” Robinson said. “Two of the practices focus on getting the soybean off to a great start. Acceleron seed treatment products provide protection at pre-emergence, and residual herbicide applications can give the plant a better opportunity to establish a good stand and help maximize nutrient uptake. During pod and seed development, applications of insecticides and fungicides are an important tactic in limiting insect and disease impact on yield potential.”
Nationally, farmers experienced a 4.1 bushels/acre yield advantage with Asgrow® Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans last season compared with competitors, based on 7,500 comparisons. Many farmers who planted these advanced soybeans reported seeing more three- and four-bean pods compared with Roundup Ready® soybeans, and many also reported finding five-bean pods in their fields, a rarity before Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans were introduced.
For additional information, farmers can contact their local Asgrow seed dealer or visit www.asgrow.com.